So Do You might have ‘Good Hair’
So what is good Hair This is a phrase that nearly all of Black Women have grown up listening to. As young women we had been advised by our mothers that we had good hair (long, grew quick, gentle) or dangerous hair (quick and ‘nappy’). As teenage girls, we have been jealous of our friends that had lengthy and tender hair, while all the time cursing our unruly and ‘unmanageable’ manes.
The concept of ‘Good Hair’ has traditionally been associated to how tender and lengthy our hair is. Sometimes reaching this look has historically meant the usage of chemicals on our hair. Having ‘nappy’ or naturally Afro hair hasbeen frowned upon in lots of quarters for a few years. The longer and extra European the hair, the higher. This attitude is an apparent hangover from the days of slavery and colonialism. We had been informed that only gentle skinned or white women with long straight hair were engaging. That was (and nonetheless is to some extent) the magnificence ideally suited to which we’ve aspired to. Certainly within the US in the 60s/70s, many black women needed to loosen up their hair so as to realize any kind of recognition in the work place (something that remains to be prevalent is a few elements of the world at present).
To this end, black ladies have resorted to using various methods to attain this mythical ‘Good Hair’. This contains using relaxers and weaves. Despite the well documented harm that relaxers cause, they are a billion pound business with an increasing number of new entrants entering the market.Relaxers are recognized to damage the hair follicles, generally completely and can result in weak/receding hairlines.
Weaves are also know to trigger considerable damage. Traction( hair loss caused by pulling the hair ) and blonde extensions on brown hair central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (scarring and baldness) are recognized to be brought on by badly utilized weaves/braids. This is exascerbated by the truth that Afro hair tends to be drier and coupled with the form of the follicle, the hair is extra liable to breakage. In many circumstances the pure hair underneath the weave is just not correctly maintained which also results in considerable breakage.
Regardless of the huge business geared towards giving Black ladies ‘Good Hair’, there seems to be a change afoot. Over the past 10-15 years or so there was a gradual move away from the weave and relaxed hair scene and into the ‘pure’ hair scene. There are numerous web sites and exhibits dedicated to showcasing pure hair kinds. There are various blogs and YouTube channels dedicated to displaying us find out how to take care of pure hair in addition to type it. Natural hair can be turning into embraced, albeit slowly, by the world of showbiz. Solange Knowles had been wearing her hair in a natural afro fashion for some time now, regardless of a damaging response from some corners.
So are we changing our perception of what is ‘Good Hair’ now Is ‘Good Hair’ now becoming pure, unprocessed hair as nature meant Are we altering our beauty ideals and shifting away from what has been imposed on us for generations